Anyone who lives where it snows can tell you: snowflakes melt, often as soon as they hit your hand. They’re beautiful, unique, and precious — and so fragile as to make a person ask what the use is of such an easily destroyed little thing. But that’s the thing, and the reminder for today: life is precious, unique, and beautiful, and it will soon be over. It’s important to stop and appreciate the beauty of it even amidst the hard and painful moments, because before you know it, it will be over and gone. Don’t sink too deeply into meditative reverie today, pondering the meaning of life as it passes you by. Don’t let that happen to you. Live right now. Just go out there and live your life. Today in the United States we honor the life and achievements of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, who most famously proclaimed that he had a dream in which people of all races were judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Dreams are ephemeral too, passing quickly from our consciousness like snowflakes melting in our hands. But the mighty thing is that he spoke his dream into the world, sharing the beauty of it with millions and thereby making it real. There remains great work to be done to actualize that beautiful dream before it fades, and we must do that work in the physical world to make it real. The same is true of all our dreams (although most of us don’t dream on quite such an epic scale). We must do the work to make them real before they (and we) pass away.